Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access in low-income communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
A USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project, EFSNE brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from a twelve-state region in the Northeast, engaging the entire food chain from production to consumption in a collaborative effort.
Food Security Research News
Customer exit interviews provide rich dataset
May 4, 2015As the EFSNE project enters its fifth year, the Consumption Team is marking a major milestone: the completion of its shopper intercept survey effort. Over the course of three years, team members surveyed some 2,700 shoppers, paving the way for researchers to answer several questions about the food-shopping experiences of those surveyed.
Production Team measures the region’s self-reliance for livestock feed
May 1, 2015Production of livestock feed is no small thing in the Northeast, accounting for the use of roughly half of the region’s land in farms, according to earlier work by the Production Team. Now team members have taken their analysis one step further, estimating how many animals this acreage can support, and whether it’s enough to satisfy the region’s demand for animal-based foods like meat, dairy, and eggs.
Survey developed to document student and postdoc experiences with EFSNE project
May 1, 2015From undergraduate interns conducting intercept surveys to graduate students analyzing land-use data to postdoctoral scholars performing spatial analyses with crop models, the EFSNE project has engaged with dozens of students and trainees. Members of the Education Team are working to document some of this student engagement by administering a survey to all of the students who have been involved with the project to date.